KDL Blog ‘News’ Category

Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff class canceled

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Today’s 4 p.m. class “Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?” at the Service Center has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Valuable Program for Teens

Monday, September 21st, 2015

TeensParents, make sure your teenager gets signed up to attend Hot Jobs of 2020, taking place at the Cascade Township Branch at 6:00 PM on Monday, October 5 and at the Grandville Branch at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 17.

There’s a good chance that the job your teen may have someday may not even exist yet. Technology and innovation are changing the workplace like never before. Krista Harmon, Career Development Specialist and owner of Discover Careers, will talk through the Hot Jobs of 2020 and share how teens can set themselves up for success by utilizing career exploration resources while still in high school. Registration is required; please call 616-784-2007 to get your teen signed up.

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Attention Rainbow Rowell fans!

Monday, September 21st, 2015

carry onAttention Rainbow Rowell fans – her new book is almost here! If you’ve enjoyed reading Eleanor & Park or Fangirl, check out her latest title, Carry On. It will be available October 6 and tells the story of Simon Snow, the worst chosen one who’s even been chosen. At least, that’s what his roommate, Baz, says – and Baz might be evil and a vampire, but he’s usually right about these things. The book starts just as Baz goes missing. Simon is determined to find him, of course. (Simon is determined about a lot of things: getting his girlfriend back, making it through his last year of magic school, saving the world.)

You might recognize Simon and Baz from Rowell’s book Fangirl. But if you don’t, don’t worry about it; this is a standalone adventure. As Rainbow says, “I guess this is my first book you could call an adventure. It’s also a mystery and–more than anything–a love story.”

Put a copy of Carry On on hold here. If you haven’t read Eleanor & Park or Fangirl, yet, I highly suggest both. Click on the titles to place a hold in our new online catalog today!

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What is your PIN in the new catalog?

Thursday, September 17th, 2015


This morning we made the big switch to our new catalog. Have you had a chance to log in and kick the tires yet? We have a brief How to Use the New Library Catalog to help you get started.

To log in, click either “Log In” or “My Account.” Enter your library card number, found on the back of your library card, and your PIN. Your PIN will be the last four digits of the phone number associated with your account.

You may have changed your PIN at some point so that it was different from your phone number but that change did not transfer over to the new system. Instead, the system defaults to the last four digits of your phone number. But never fear, you can still update your PIN to something different using the Change PIN page.

If you have any problems still accessing your account, give us a call at 616-784-2007. We’ll be happy to help.


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New Reference Resource: Value Line

Monday, September 14th, 2015

We are pleased to announce that KDL patrons now have access to Value Line Research Center. This resource allows you to search investment-related data, news and analysis.  Value Line covers 3,500 stocks across 100 industries and represents 90% of the market capitalization of all stocks traded in U.S. markets.

We hope you enjoy this new resource. Try it out today!

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Writers Conference: Register Now!

Friday, September 11th, 2015

KDL Writers Conference Logo

Attention writers and authors: it’s time to sign up for our Writers Conference: Craft Edition, taking place on Saturday, October 24 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. This conference, for teens and adults,  features Michigan authors and publishing insiders sharing their insight on the craft of writing – from capturing your audience, to constructing scenes to editing. All genres of writers and skill levels are welcome and pre-registration is required.

9:30 – 12:30 PM – Conference (Register here)
2:00 – 3:30 PM – Workshop (Register here)

Need a nudge to register? Read this article on why you should attend a writers conference.

We hope to see you there!

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Cool Programs for Teens!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Super Smash Bros.Teens, take a break from your homework and visit KDL for one (or all!) of these awesome programs! Please click the program title for dates, times and locations or to register.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament
Get your Smash on! Battle up to 8 players in this Wii U tournament. You are welcome to bring your own controller. We will play with stock characters only. No uploads. Pre-registration is required.

Teen Halo Tournament
Calling all teens! Think you have what it takes to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament? Bring a partner and battle the best of the best in this first-person shooter competition. The last team standing wins the prize! Pre-registration is required.

Hot Jobs of 2020
The job you may have someday probably doesn’t even exist yet! Technology and innovation are changing the workplace like never before. Join us as we talk through the Hot Jobs of 2020 and how you can set yourself up for success by utilizing career exploration resources while still in high school. Pre-registration is required. 

KDL Anime Festival
Come in costume and participate in our cosplay pageant, or just hang out and celebrate all things anime. Snacks, crafts, games and your favorite shows! Costumes and weapon props must be family-friendly.

Meet the Author: A.S. King
KDL is proud to present A.S. King, the extraordinary writer of provocative teen novels. Join us for what promises to be an evening to remember, as she talks about her life as an author and discusses her latest title As I Crawl Through It. Books will be available for purchase and Ms. King will be signing after her talk. Sponsored by Consumers Energy and the Friends of the Cascade Library.

Teen Film Workshops
These workshops are sure to give you the skills you need to create an outstanding film for our Teen Film Festival.

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School Supply Santa Update: WOW!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

School Supply SantaDuring the month of August, thousands of school items were collected at KDL branches for School Supply Santa. Thank you so much for your generosity during this most recent KDL Gives Back initiative! Local children were able to head back to school with all the items they need to succeed, thanks to your support!

“I want to thank KDL for promoting, supporting and collecting school supplies,” said Denise Kooiker, who runs School Supply Santa. “You played such a huge role in the program this year!”

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Fun With Grandkids: A Program Series

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Fun with GrandkidsThis fall, we are inviting grandparents and grandchildren to come together for some fun bonding time at the library! Don’t miss out on our Fun With Grandkids events. Please click program titles for a list of dates, times and locations and to register if required.

Fun with Grandkids: DIY Spa
Create everything you need for your own intergenerational spa day! Make your own pampering products–foot scrub, bath salts, body glitter and lip balm–to take home! Pre-registration is required. For kids ages 6 to 96.

Fun With Grandkids: Let’s Play! Nostalgic Gaming for Ages 6 to 96
Experience games of yesteryear in this program designed for grandparents, grandkids and appreciators of old-fashioned fun. Enjoy nostalgic games like Checkers, Shooting Marbles, Jacks, Old Maid and Pick-Up Sticks. You may even get to shout “Bingo!” Best enjoyed by kids ages 6 and up and their parents and/or grandparents.

Fun with Grandkids: Zentangle
Grandparents connect with younger friends or family members through the fascinating world of Zentangle. Whether you’re looking to form beautiful structured images or want to spend time learning a new skill, this easy-to-learn method can bring out the artist in everyone. Engage your creativity and sense of fun through the fascinating world of Zentangle! Pre-registration is required and participation spots are limited. Open to children ages eight and above and adults of any age.

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Reminder About KDL’s New Catalog: Holds & Reading History

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

With just 8 days left before we launch our exclusive new KDL catalog, here’s just a quick reminder about a few temporary service disruptions.

  • No holds may be placed after 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 12. Fill up your hold queue now and when the new KDL catalog goes live on September 17, you can go to town and place up to 25 holds!
  • Users of the Reading History and My Lists services in the LLC catalog who want to retain their information will need to download their data before September 14. Here are the instructions:
  • From Monday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 16:
    • Library users will be able to check material out at KDL locations, but returned material will not be checked in. Overdue fines will not accrue on KDL material for these dates.
    • KDL items that are currently checked-out cannot be renewed during this time.
    • KDL will not issue new library cards during this time.

The new catalog will be a significant improvement for KDL cardholders; offering a better search experience, easier access our digital collection and more customer-friendly policies, like increased allowable holds and the ability to avoid overdue fines by renewing material (that does not have holds) up to three times.

For more information on the new KDL catalog, please see our sneak peak at KDL’s New Catalog, the blog post announcing the new KDL Catalog and read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

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